TWiP: Taxing

This Week in Pictures

My week has been dominated by financial things. I finished the taxes with 24 hours or so to spare, and then I set to recording my expenses and such for this year so far. I intend to do keep up with this task through December, but if my enthusiasm fizzles and I don’t make it, I will at least have January-March done when tax time comes around next year.

I’ve also been working on getting the Handmades Shop up and running. I kind of forgot that it was left in limbo when I redesigned the site. Oops. That might explain the complete lack of recent sales. #facepalm

Essentially, I have spent a lot of time this week with my laptop open. And yet, I think I have turned a time-management corner because I have been able to accomplish all of this nerd stuff while still keeping up with the laundry, the dishes, and some beautification projects I’ve been undertaking around the house.

What’s making me so productive lately? It must be that I’ve harnessed the power of Google Now, Google Keep, and their reminders to keep me on a schedule. It’s either that, or it’s the open windows all over the house. (Spring weather finally – YES!!)

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for my Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2015), plus some everyday-life snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…

Saturday

Instagram: I will probably have to move to a proper desk at some point, but for now I am starting my taxes, on my comfy bed, while listening to some nice Saturday morning tunes. Anything to make this task less onerous :-p

365: 2015 100/365 – Well, I started. After lunch begins the mind-numbingly boring task of recording all of my business expenses for the year in a spreadsheet: a task I should have been doing all year long. #ineverlearn

Sunday

365: 2015 101/365 – I’m pretty much still chained to my computer, but hey! It’s the first open window day of the season! Yay!

Monday

365: 2015 102/365 – I found my next crochet project… this hat is adorable!

Tuesday

365: 2015 103/365 – I’m feeling kind of bored with my photography today.

Wednesday

Instagram: I think this little pink button will do nicely :-) #crochet #crochetersofinstagram

365: 2015 104/365 – I love this cute little hat. It was so quick to crochet, though, I’m back to having nothing to work on. Maybe I need to make another one ;-)

Thursday

365: 2015 105/365 – I discovered this morning that we’ve run out of lunch bags. I had to scrounge.

Friday

365: 2015 107/365 – The first dandelion of the season.

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So we ditched the kids and ran to the beach

Our anniversary trip was a nice one. Cold, wet, wintery, but nice :-) I’ve got a slide show prepared for each day. If you like that kind of thing, read on! If you can think of nothing you’d dislike more than looking at someone else’s vacation slides, then you can have a pass. Aren’t I nice?

Day One

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It was the best day weather-wise, around 60 degrees and sunny. I didn’t take many pictures then. We did a lot of walking around outside, and some kicking back inside.

Day Two

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By far my most photo-heavy day, Tuesday started off rainy and ended that way, too. But for most of the middle of the day it was merely cloudy and chilly. It was do-able weather, and I went out by myself in the late morning and wandered around town with my camera. I took pictures of the great Victorian houses that caught my eye, and I spent some time on the boardwalk.

After lunch, Neil and I went out together and walked into Asbury Park, where I also put my camera to work.

Day Three

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Can you believe how much it still looks like winter here? It was bitterly cold that day, so it felt like February just as much as it looked like it. Neil and I tried to go out in the evening to take some artistic photos of the movement of water, but it was so horrible out there we gave up almost immediately! I took a couple of pictures of wet boardwalk that I really like, but then we ran back to the hotel and decided we were in for the night. I hung up my pants to dry, and we ordered take-out.

Day Four

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We thought we’d stick around for lunch, but we took another walk to the beach and nearly froze our faces off. We changed our minds and went home instead.

It was a nice time, and I’m glad we went, but I think we were exactly seven days too early. This week had been positively lovely, weather-wise!

TWiP: Windblown by the Sea

This Week in Pictures

Oh! What a full week we have had! It started on Saturday, celebrating Eamonn’s 12th birthday with a little family party. Sunday was Easter and another family get-together.

The rest of the week has been Spring Break for us, and we decided to spend it flung across the state of New Jersey in several different directions. Aidan went an hour North East to spend four days with my parents. Eamonn went 20 minutes North to visit Neil’s parents, and Neil and I headed an hour and fifteen minutes South to enjoy several days of sun and relaxation at the shore.

I’d mentioned last week that we’d had our twentieth wedding anniversary, and this trip to Ocean Grove was our gift to ourselves. We spent three nights and four days at the Majestic Hotel, and when I say we “spent time there” I mean we actually were indoors for a great deal of it.

The first day was 60 degrees and sunny, but every other day was cold, rainy, and windy. We went out as much as we could stand, and we did get a chance to walk into Asbury Park, and around downtown Ocean Grove several times, but there was also quite a bit of hanging out in the room.

Honestly, I don’t mind a vacation where I sit on the bed flipping through a new magazine, processing beach photos on my laptop, or even just taking a simple nap. It may not be fun in the sun, but it’s a relaxing change of scenery nonetheless.

We came back on Thursday around lunch time, and those things I was putting off are right here where I left them, namely “doing my taxes” and “going to the dentist to deal with a broken tooth.” I guess play time is over. (Sigh.)

I’d like to share more pictures from our trip, so assuming I don’t get buried alive by the taxes next week, I’ll come back here and post a more detailed report.

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for my Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2015), plus some everyday-life snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…

Saturday

Instagram: Birthday cupcakes for the big 12-year-old :-)

365: 2015 93/365 – Party at Noon for the newly-minted 12-year-old in the house!

Sunday

365: 2015 94/365 – Happy Easter! My aunt gave me this hyacinth, and now I want one in every room – it smells amazing! :-)

Monday

Instagram: Working hard :-)

365: 2015 95/365 – Day One of our anniversary getaway. So far, lunch, walk, and magazine. :-)

Instagram: A little decaf on the balcony at twilight, in my pjs, with the sound of the ocean in the background… Near perfection. (I say “near” because it is dang cold, LOL!)

Tuesday

Instagram: Just watching the world go by over breakfast… :-)

365: 2015 96/365 – It’s cloudy today, but there’s a bit of blue sky trying to peek through.

Instagram: It’s starting to look like this vacation is just a three-day excuse to drink coffee all day… ;-)

Wednesday

Instagram: Neil disapproves of my nutritious coffee-and-a-cookie breakfast

365: 2015 97/365 – 37 degrees, windy, and rainy. We decided to go to the beach anyway. Crazy people.

Thursday

365: 2015 98/365 – We went back out on the boardwalk this morning, and it was still super cold and fairly damp. We had to come home today, but we’ll go back there in a few months when the environment is more hospitable ;-)

Friday

365: 2015 99/365 – Cooking rice and defrosting sauce. It’s pretty easy as suppers go, but I kind of wish we were still on vacation having somebody else feed us, anyway.

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Flickr.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!